TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 24TH, 2020

Pennsylvania’s state House Speaker Mike Turzai will not run for reelection.  The 60-year-old was elected to the house in 2001 and has been speaker since 2015.  Turzai says he is stepping away from politics.

The Butler County Commissioners are renewing a contract for the countywide notification system that’s used during seconds-count situations.  Code RED will notify residents of severe weather or other potentially life threatening situations.  Residents can sign up and be notified by text, email, and phone call.

Former state Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell will spend three months in prison and eight-and-a-half months on house arrest for theft, perjury and tampering charges.  The Philadelphia Democrat pled guilty yesterday to stealing more than 500-thousand dollars from a non-profit group before her time in office.  Prosecutors say Johnson-Harrell used the money on vacations, luxury clothing and a car, real estate and other personal expenses.  The former lawmaker, who was the first Muslim woman elected to the state House, resigned from office in December.

T-S-A officials say another gun was found at a security checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport this week.  A man from Missouri was found with the loaded 38-caliber handgun Thursday in the passenger’s carryon bag.  It is the fourth weapon confiscated at the checkpoint so far this year.  Last year, 35 guns were found by T-S-A officials at the airport’s checkpoints.

A Slippery Rock coffee spot is set to open next week.  Dunkin’ will open for business at the corner of South Main and West Cooper Streets Monday morning.  Everyone who buys a coffee that day is entered to win free coffee for the month.

Gov. Tom Wolf will ask lawmakers for an extra $40 million-plus to help improve services for the vulnerable, including children and the elderly, and expand direct care services to more disabled people who are on a waiting list. The request for money unveiled Wednesday is designed to expand training for direct care workers, reduce waiting lists for care and increase staff in specific service areas, including child welfare.

A resolution passed by the House Human Services Committee seeks to address the mental health needs of sexual assault survivors. The resolution asks the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study to determine how tobetter connect victims of sexual assault with the mental health services they need. Many of these victims suffer from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. 1 in 10 survivors of sexual assault attempt to or take their own lives.

Two Pittsburgh men are pleading guilty to selling fentanyl, heroin, and crack cocaine.  John Burton and Nico Nixon are both also facing a gun charge after their pleas.  The two face up to five years in prison and a two-and-a-quarter-million dollar fine during their sentencing set for this July.

Greensburg police officers are being cleared of wrongdoing in the deadly shooting of an armed woman.  The Westmoreland County district attorney said yesterday that officers were justified in shooting Nina Adams last year because of the threat she posed to the community.  Officers shot Adams when she refused to drop her gun after shooting at passing cars on Harvey Avenue.